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How to Get Started in Web Experience Personalization

2014-21-August-PaintedLadies.jpgAll savvy marketers -- along with most shoppers -- understand the advantages of personalizing websites. Netflix, Amazon and other companies have trained us to expect a shopping experience tailored just for us.

When we get something else, reactions can range from mild disappointment to utter frustration. Shoppers take their business elsewhere. Click. Click. Gone.

This phenomenon has spilled over to B2B marketing, where business buyers expect the same sort of shopping experience that they have in their personal lives. Is that unreasonable?

No, says Noah Logan, senior vice president of Upland Software and the general manager of its Clickability unit, which provides services to NBC, Cantor Fitzgerald and about 500 others sites around the world. He spoke Thursday in a CMSWire webinar titled "5 Effective Ways to Personalize Web Experiences." The session was sponsored by Clickability.  (Click to watch)

Buy or Build a Marketing Cloud?

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Nearly 400 attended the first Marketing Technology Conference at the Seaport Hotel in Boston this week to make sense of the more than 1,000 digital marketing technologies in more than 40 categories available today.

Bottom line: marketers want digital technology that works for their organizations. Easily, the most bantered about topic these past two days in Boston boiled down to one question:

Buy or build your marketing cloud?

Much like a little tea party here in this city 241 years ago, you had your division at #MarTech this week. 

Today, in the first of a two-part series, we catch up with the guy who got the debate going and two providers who sell marketing technology. To conclude the series, we'll talk to digital marketers who've had to make the buy versus build decision.

Content Development is No Walk in the Park

2014-21-August-Dandelion.jpgIn all of the project talk and planning around usability, design, technologies, etc., it's easy to lose sight of the content and the fundamentals that drive it. Those other elements are important to a website project, but content drives the project. The problem is when content development becomes a line item, it gets treated like one.

Get Better Content Marketing Insights, FREE

Yes, the headline reads like link bait. And it may or may not work. Will it put you off so much that you’ll scroll past it without reading this article at all? Or will the word “free” be just enough to win a few seconds of your attention?

And if so, how do we know that it’s “Free” and not “Marketing Insight” that’s causing you to read on? Have our competitors tried tactics like this? How did they fare?

What if we knew the answers to questions like this before we even started writing?

HARO Founder Peter Shankman: Still Crazy After All These Years

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You have to wonder what it feels like to be described as the guy who "redefined the art of networking" … " "a public relations all-star who knows everything about new media and then some" … or, better yet, "crazy but effective."

But Peter Shankman has earned all those descriptions and more — a not so surprising feat, given the way he describes himself. How's that? Try "a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) along with a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage."

An author, entrepreneur and public speaker, Shankman has been recognized for his thoughts on marketing, customer service, advertising, public relations and social media.

Tweets That Capture the Heart of Digital Marketing #MarTech

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Bravo to Scott Brinker and the folks putting on the first Marketing Technology Conference in Boston this week.

Great speakers. Great diversity. Great content. Great networking.

But let's face it -- there's some great tweeting, too. Much of live-event action these days happens in the Twitterverse.

Here, we dive in with some of our favorites:

Connected Enterprises Provide Better Customer Service

Networking your organization -- making it more agile, more enabled and more responsive -- makes a ton of sense from a practical perspective. From an operational perspective, however, it is much more difficult. Microsoft introduced the catch phrase of “working like a network” through a video for its enterprise social offering. But “working like a network” goes beyond just the social channel -- and permeates every department within the entire organization.

So how does an organization transform how they work? How do you put the concept of working like a network into practice? Let’s look at the three key components of “working like a network” that Microsoft mentions, how organizations can support these components and how they will help create alignment across the company to serve your customers.

Netbiscuits Launches Routing Device for Adaptive Mobile Experiences

In a time when mobile devices outnumber PCs, having a mobile-optimized web presence is no longer considered a luxury, but a necessity. Data from ComScore revealed that in January of this year, Americans used smartphone and tablet apps more than PCs to access the Internet -- for the first time in history. Moreover, according to The Diffusion Group, a quarter of all broadband households in the US also own a TV set with internet connectivity, making the ability for a company’s website to adapt its user experience beyond the PC more important than ever before.

Customer Service on Stage: 3 Ways to Avoid Brand Failure [Infographic]

2014-19-August-Stage-Fright.jpgBusiness leaders across the globe have confirmed that, in the midst of stiff competition and growing customer expectations, customer and field service differentiation is key to growing revenue and delivering an excellent customer experience. These are the findings of two new reports and an infographic released by SAP SE and The Service Council (TSC).

The reports, “Service Transformation: The Business Case” (pdf) and “Reviewing Field Service Strategy: Aligning Focus and Execution,” (pdf) provide important insights that executives should consider in redefining customer service and field service strategy. 

What Digital Marketers Really Think #MarTech

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Remember the Mel Gibson flick "What Women Want?"  The gist: Mel's character gets blessed with the ability to hear what women think.

We're kinda getting that power here in Boston today at the first Marketing Technology Conference at the Seaport Hotel. Only we're hearing what digital marketers think.

And so far, we've discovered two things they love to hear. First, that they can adapt to new technologies. Second, they are working well with IT professionals, despite what some may think

Manage Digital Assets and Customer Experience Simultaneously

2014-19-August-Magic.jpgAs the digital marketing landscape evolves, so too does the practice of digital asset management (DAM). Gleanster’s 2013 report on DAM found 67 percent of survey respondents planning to increase budget for content management tools and initiatives this year. In a world increasingly dominated by digital experiences, digital assets fuel the customer experience -- but many brands still separate DAM and other strategies. By siloing their teams and their technologies, these companies effectively stifle their success.

By integrating DAM with customer experience management (CXM), brands can quickly and easily deliver rich media content. This contributes to more personalized, relevant and efficiently-delivered customer interactions. Three magical things happen with the marriage of CXM and DAM.

Turning Data Into Marketer's Best Friend

2014-19-August-Baseball-Score-Card.jpgFrom business to baseball, data is having its moment in the sun. Data provides marketers information that can be used to execute targeted campaigns that can drive revenue. The marketer now more than ever has the ability to deliver personalized experiences across digital channels, and help customers build relationships with their brand.

Samsung Pushes Open IoT with SmartThings Buy

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Samsung has just made a play for a bigger stake in the Internet of Things. It plans to buy SmartThings’ open platform for monitoring, controlling and automating homes from a single device.

The deal, which was announced late last week, will see Samsung buying SmartThings — reportedly for the relative pittance of $200 million — which will then operated as an independent entity under its founder and CEO, Alex Hawkinson.

A Career in Marketing? Sure Beats Being a Doctor or Engineer

It's easy to second guess your career choices. How often have you wondered what your life would be like now if you'd have listened to your parents, teachers -- or your own intuition -- and embarked on Path A rather than Plan B?

So there's reassuring news today for everyone who bypassed oh so many possible careers to instead become a marketer. In a blog post provocatively titled Pass on Math and Science to Embrace the Power of Marketing, Marcie MacLellan, a writer for the London School of Marketing, explains:

In many cases, we are pushed toward stable, rewarding and lucrative career options such as doctors or engineers. But what if you do not possess the ability or desire to crunch numbers? What if your passion lies in more creative pursuits?"

In that case, she suggests, "there are some sectors that will never stop growing no matter how the world evolves -- and marketing is one of them."

Where is Apple Going With Its New Social Media Hire?

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Does Apple need a face(book) lift? 

Doesn't seem that way. Just show us that white apple with the chunk taken out, and you've finished your branding work for the day.

Right?

For a brand that essentially doesn't need branding help, Apple's certainly thinking about social media. 

We're just not sure which way yet.

Proof -- its hire this month of Musa Tariq, the former digital marketing big shot at Nike and Burberry.

Apple doesn't even have a real presence on Facebook or Twitter for Apple itself, leaving that heavy lifting to the iTunes brand

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